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The Left Shows How Insane It’s Become With This Ludicrous Piece on Ilhan Omar

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The cult-like support for Rep. Ilhan Omar has generated some fascinating stances from her supporters, and when I say “fascinating,” I mean absolutely insane.

Take, for instance, this article from Tasmiha Khan of The Independent.

Right off the bat, you can tell this article is going to be a lesson in how political zealousness can literally alter the way you perceive reality. She titles the piece “No politician in living memory has been treated as badly as Ilhan Omar.” Without reading any further into my arguments, I’m sure you already have solid examples as to how this article is just plain stupid.

I’ll continue anyway.

Khan starts off the article with the usual “orange man bad” spiel about how President Donald Trump is a racist and hates Muslims. He doesn’t, but nuances seem to escape Khan. She then proceeds to victimize herself as a Muslim woman of color in a white society, painting herself as a person in danger. Self-victimization is pretty par for the course when it comes to anti-Trump screeds.

After some time, Khan finally gets around to the point by comparing herself to Omar:

It makes me feel that I, like Omar, am also under the magnifying glass. I should not have to fear for my life or that of any other Muslim. If we allow such cruel rhetoric to snowball, we are contributing towards our own demise.

Moving forward, normalizing the hijab would be the first step towards removing stigma and pressure against women like myself and Ilhan. Engaging in dialogue about topics that make us uncomfortable, such as the hijab, can also help to dismantle stereotypes and increase understanding.

It is certainly no coincidence that the two US congresswomen reportedly barred from entering Israel are women of colour, with one of them wearing the hijab and following the Muslim faith. This ban was allegedly made at the president’s request, and is the reality of how Muslim women are stigmatized. It seems the defenders of free speech grow quiet when it is Muslims who are being unfairly silenced.

In short, Trump hates Muslim women of color because they’re Muslim women of color according to Khan.

It’s been said to death at this point, but Israel barred Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Omar from their nation because they supported the BDS movement. Israel has hard and fast rules against that kind of thing, and it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Israel disinvited them.

What’s more, even if Trump did have a hand in it, it wouldn’t matter. As I discussed previously, Tlaib and Omar had nothing but antagonism toward Israel as their goal, and Trump’s advice was solidly taken. It turned out to be the right call, especially given the fact that Tlaib essentially admitted she was going as an anti-Israel activist with her recent refusal to visit the West Bank to see her grandmother at Israel’s invitation under the condition that she leave her politics at the door.

(READ: Even If Trump’s Tweet Shifted Israel’s Decision On Omar And Tlaib, It’s Still The Right Call)

But let’s put that aside for a second and focus on Khan’s claim that Omar is the worst treated politician in living memory.

She’s not. In fact, she’s on the low end of the totem pole considering things that have happened even just recently.

If the left truly believes Omar is the worst treated politician in living memory, then their memory is incredibly short and narrow.

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“Slippery Slope”: Steve Scalise Warns of the Dangers of Blaming Politicians for the Actions of Mass Shooters

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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA-1) speaks on “Face the Nation” – 8/11/19. Screen grab via CBS News.

In the immediate aftermath of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH earlier this month that left 32 dead and dozens more injured, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA-1) issued a statement condeming the attacks as well as the political bickering that ensued shortly thereafter.

Scalise wrote, in part:

“In a media culture that encourages viewing people solely through hyper-partisan lenses, and not as neighbors and fellow citizens, dangerous division and hatred of those you disagree with is the outcome. This can often lead to violent consequences, as I have personally experienced.

These events are tragedies. Reducing them to talking points and name-calling in support of narrow political agendas only further divides our country.”

The following week, Scalise drew on his experience as a victim of politically-motivated violence when answering questions on whether or not full or partial blame for mass shootings should be assigned to politicians and their rhetoric in an interview he did yesterday on CBS News‘s “Face the Nation” program:

“To try to assign blame to somebody else is a very slippery slope because the president is no more responsible for that shooting as your next guest Bernie Sanders is for my shooting,” Scalise said on “Face the Nation”:

The Louisiana Republican was referring to the massacre in an El Paso Walmart last Saturday and a shooting in 2017 in which a gunman — who authorities later surmised was fueled by “rage against Republican legislators”* — critically wounded Scalise and others while they were practicing for a congressional baseball game.

*Note: CBS News did not note that the perpetrator of Scalise’s attack was a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

During the interview, Scalise also slammed Democratic presidential candidates who were pinning the blame directly on President Trump for what happened in El Paso:

“I know they’re running for president and they might not like Donald Trump’s views but stop this ridiculous assessment of blame to somebody other than the person who’s responsible,” he said.

Pressed again about Mr. Trump’s use of words like “invasion” when referring to migrants, Scalise demurred, noting that the president denounced racism and white supremacy during a White House address last week. He reiterated that all the blame lays with the shooters.

“Let’s try to identify these shooters in a better way which right now we’re working on doing let’s put more emphasis there,” Scalise said.

Watch the the segment below:

You can read the full transcript of his interview here.

The House Minority Whip was not asked to expand on his thoughts regarding his Congressional colleague Rep. Joaquin Castro’s (D-TX-20) doxxing of 44 Trump donors from his Congressional district last week, which Scalise condemned on Twitter the day after Castro published the information.

“People should not be personally targeted for their political views. Period. This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand,” Scalise tweeted at the time.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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“Slippery Slope”: Steve Scalise Warns of the Dangers of Blaming Politicians for the Actions of Mass Shooters

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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA-1) speaks on “Face the Nation” – 8/11/19. Screen grab via CBS News.

In the immediate aftermath of the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH earlier this month that left 32 dead and dozens more injured, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA-1) issued a statement condeming the attacks as well as the political bickering that ensued shortly thereafter.

Scalise wrote, in part:

“In a media culture that encourages viewing people solely through hyper-partisan lenses, and not as neighbors and fellow citizens, dangerous division and hatred of those you disagree with is the outcome. This can often lead to violent consequences, as I have personally experienced.

These events are tragedies. Reducing them to talking points and name-calling in support of narrow political agendas only further divides our country.”

The following week, Scalise drew on his experience as a victim of politically-motivated violence when answering questions on whether or not full or partial blame for mass shootings should be assigned to politicians and their rhetoric in an interview he did yesterday on CBS News‘s “Face the Nation” program:

“To try to assign blame to somebody else is a very slippery slope because the president is no more responsible for that shooting as your next guest Bernie Sanders is for my shooting,” Scalise said on “Face the Nation”:

The Louisiana Republican was referring to the massacre in an El Paso Walmart last Saturday and a shooting in 2017 in which a gunman — who authorities later surmised was fueled by “rage against Republican legislators”* — critically wounded Scalise and others while they were practicing for a congressional baseball game.

*Note: CBS News did not note that the perpetrator of Scalise’s attack was a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

During the interview, Scalise also slammed Democratic presidential candidates who were pinning the blame directly on President Trump for what happened in El Paso:

“I know they’re running for president and they might not like Donald Trump’s views but stop this ridiculous assessment of blame to somebody other than the person who’s responsible,” he said.

Pressed again about Mr. Trump’s use of words like “invasion” when referring to migrants, Scalise demurred, noting that the president denounced racism and white supremacy during a White House address last week. He reiterated that all the blame lays with the shooters.

“Let’s try to identify these shooters in a better way which right now we’re working on doing let’s put more emphasis there,” Scalise said.

Watch the the segment below:

You can read the full transcript of his interview here.

The House Minority Whip was not asked to expand on his thoughts regarding his Congressional colleague Rep. Joaquin Castro’s (D-TX-20) doxxing of 44 Trump donors from his Congressional district last week, which Scalise condemned on Twitter the day after Castro published the information.

“People should not be personally targeted for their political views. Period. This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand,” Scalise tweeted at the time.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

The post “Slippery Slope”: Steve Scalise Warns of the Dangers of Blaming Politicians for the Actions of Mass Shooters appeared first on RedState.

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The Media Seems To Be the Instigator of Political Violence in America Not the Victim

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People gather near the scene of a shooting near a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot during a congressional baseball practice. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

 

One of the repetitive themes that we hear from the media and from their echo chamber is that President’s Trump’s dismissal of the media as “Fake News” and “failing” is somehow a) and assault upon the First Amendment and b) encourages violence against the press. This whining is best encapsulated in a statement released earlier in the week by New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger after a meeting with President Trump:

I told him that although the phrase “fake news” is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists “the enemy of the people.” I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.

I repeatedly stressed that this is particularly true abroad, where the president’s rhetoric is being used by some regimes to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists. I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country’s greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press.

Throughout the conversation I emphasized that if President Trump, like previous presidents, was upset with coverage of his administration he was of course free to tell the world. I made clear repeatedly that I was not asking for him to soften his attacks on The Times if he felt our coverage was unfair. Instead, I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country.

Sulzberger’s entire statement is nothing more than self-serving bullsh**. When one looks at the major stories retracted about the administration, it is clear that fact-checking and sourcing are no better in the national media than they are in any high school newspaper. And when one considers that 100% of the retracted stories have been negative, one is left wondering how all the mistakes can run in the same direction. As to the “enemy of the people” statement, I’m not a personal fan of it, but you can’t rationally expect someone who is daily vilified either as a Bozo or a Russian stooge or a Machiavelli who is taking us down the road to monarchy/dictatorship/despotism/rule-by-homeowner’s-association to simply ignore it either.

The idea that Third World despots were cringing in fear of a vibrant free press in the sh**hole countries they rule heard Trump say “enemy of the people” and “fake news” and suddenly decided to crack down is one of the goofiest ideas ever to come out of any newspaper publisher in the history of the Republic.

On the other hand, while I’m still waiting for the first news story of a reporter being targeted for death or injury by a GOPer–by the way, if you’re claiming Jim Acosta was threatened at the Trump rally in Tampa on Thursday, you have to explain why Acosta was tweeting about the great conversations he was having with the crowd when he wasn’t doing live shots–it appears to be indisputable that the unhinged and bizarre stories run by CNN and MSNBC are, in fact, giving rise to real violence and real threats of violence against Republican officials. And the incidents that have occurred have been by the left:

In June 2017, the GOP nearly lost a couple of dozen members to a deranged MSNBC fan, (yes, I know “deranged” and “MSNBC fan” is redundant):

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Table by Congressional Research Service, https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41609.pdf

 

Now people have been arrested in conjunction with credible threats of violence against two Republican members of Congress. Steve Scalise received a death threat from 63-year-old Carlos Bayon of Grand Island, NY:

“Hey listen, this message is for you and the people that sent you there. You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere. We know where they are,” the voicemails said, according to Buffalo’s ABC affiliate WKBW. “We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead. Make no mistake you will pay. Ojo por ojo, diente por diente (Spanish for “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth). That is our law and we are the majority. Have a good day.”

That could nearly be any contributor from MSNBC or CNN talking. And it wasn’t just bluster, prosecutors found items they called “very concerning” in Bayon’s home. He also threatened another member:

The very fact that a guy can be arrested for threatening two GOP House members and the media has decided to not even ask “what were his politics” is an example of the “name that party” game being played with domestic terrorism.

These threats and attacks, much like the mistakes by the press, run overwhelmingly in one direction. They seem to be the direct result of the media generating a frenzy, a veritable series of editorial board sanctioned Two-Minute Hates, against Republicans. The attack against GOP members of Congress practicing baseball and these credible threats did not spring up organically and they don’t exist in a vacuum. They are the logical outcome of media coverage that has taken direct lessons from Völkischer Beobachter in how to demonize the political opposition. Maybe, instead of bellyaching and caterwauling over the lack of respect shown to them by their perceived inferiors and hiding from imaginary bogeymen, the press should spend a few minutes critically examining its role in escalating political violence.

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